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Royal Stompbox presents:
Funky Bollywood Classic DISCO DANCER

Monday, February 13th

7:00pm – Funky Bollywood Pre-Show
8:00pm – Disco Dancer

“I have my music. I will sharpen it like a sword. And stab the city’s heart with it!”

DISCO DANCER is pure gonzo movie bliss and one of the best musical rags-to-riches movies ever made. A huge hit upon its release in 1982, not just in India, but also the USSR, China, Turkey – parts of the globe that caught the disco fever a little later than the USA – DISCO DANCER is an exhilarating crown jewel of greasy, funky, gaudy, glorious, early 80s Bollywood at its pleasure pinnacle.

A poor street musician kid named Anil is happy performing with his mentor Raja (Rajesh Khanna), until one day a girl, Rita, is enticed by Anil’s music and joins him for a song and dance, which sends Rita’s evil music industry tycoon father into a rage. Anil is badly beaten and his mother is framed for theft and imprisoned. Anil, in true filial Bollywood fashion, dedicates his life to clear his mom’s besmirched name and become a superstar in the process. Now all grown up, virtuous big-hearted disco dance heartthrob Anil aka ‘Jimmy’ is a star on the rise (Mithun Chakraborty, catapulted to superstardom in real life), pitted against corrupt, heroin-junkie son of a bitch cocky disco king (Karan Razdan), falling in love with grown-up and conflicted Rita (Kim), culminating in a battle at the International Disco Dancing Competition!

Bappi Lahiri’s soundtrack is just awesome and endlessly groovable, inspiring many musicians – including Devo’s “Disco Dancer”, and most notably “Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja” was lifted by M.I.A. for “Jimmy” from her breakout album Kala (2007). Lahiri himself "borrows" melodies from The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” and “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music (!). Disco Dancer had a 1987 Hindi sequel, DANCE DANCE, and was remade in Tamil as PADDUM VAANAMPAADI (1985) and Telegu as DISCO KING (1984). The climactic song “Yaad Aa Raha Hai” is a show-stopper, a sublime electronic dance-pop classic to rival Giorgio Moroder & Donna Summer.

Featuring sinister drug-addled disco villains, a death by guitar electrocution, a big bald white baddie (Bob Christo), a guitar being karate-chopped in two, and more disco lights and slamming dance numbers than you’ve ever dared to dream, DISCO DANCER is the emblem of disco heaven.

Come early for the pre-show – a delirious, wonderful, pleasure overload of 70s/80s funky Bollywood excess!

Language/Subtitles: Hindi with English subtitles
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By: The Royal Cinema - Toronto

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